Chip Sullivan, PGA Director of Club Operations
Chip brings to McNary more than 30 years experience in the golf industry including 23 years as a Head Golf Professional. A former college standout at the University of Mississippi, Sullivan is a member of the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame. His accomplishments included winning the 1986 SEC individual title, beating among others in the field 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms.
It is Chip's belief that to be a well-rounded golf professional you should not only possess exceptional business skills and ability and desire to serve others but also be an accomplished player in your own right. Since turning professional in 1987, Sullivan has won more than 80 PGA sanctioned events including the PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver, Oregon.
He is a quarter century member of the PGA of America and has been a member of the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Nike Tour and the South African Sunshine Tour. Chip has played in over 50 PGA Tour events including 9 major championships. His best finish was a T-31st at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
Dave Bashaw, Course Superintendent
Dave has been employed by the McNary Golf Club since 1979. He oversees all of the maintenance needs of our golf course. In addition to supervising the grounds crew, he also performs the work himself; and, reports back to the club board monthly. Maintaining the course is much more than the ever-present mowers we are most familiar with. Irrigation maintenance, tree and shrub care, chemical applications, and periodic aeration of the greens, fairways, and tee boxes are among the other required work. The fabulous condition of our course is directly attributed to Dave's hard work, expertise, and experience in turf management. Dave and Sherry, married 32 years and Salem residents, have two married daughters, Kelsey and Katie, and a son, Michael who plays basketball for Clackamas Community College. Dave and Sherrie are proud grandparents of Conner and Travis. Dave, born in Goldsboro, NC, while his Dad served in the U.S. Air Force, wouldn't trade living here for anywhere else. Golfing about 20 times year, Dave is not particular about the brand of his clubs or balls; however, his lifelong search for golf's 'holy grail,' clubs and balls that always go straight, continues! In Dave's spare time he assists Sherrie with coaching volleyball at Blanchet Catholic. He also runs every other day, picking it up again at age 50 to get back in shape. Once completing 2 marathons in his youth, "way back then," he now competes in 30-35 running events yearly, mostly 5 and 10K's. Our community's beautiful center piece, McNary Golf Course, and all of us who live here, are the beneficiaries of Dave's hard work and drive....thank you, Dave!
Larry Bent, Head Golf Professional
If you have taken a lesson at McNary Golf Club in the past 40 years, there is a good chance they were given by Larry Bent. The Head Professional at McNary has spent most of his life on a golf course. As an 8-year old in Canada he began fishing golf balls out of the at the course near his home. Understandable, the owner, Alf Tate, didn’t like this very much, so he called Bent’s mom. They agreed to put him to work shagging golf balls on the weekends for stealing all the balls. He did such a good job Alf took Larry under his wing and taught him all he could in the golf business. Alf turned out to be a father figure to Larry and at age 15 Larry was giving lessons and doing club repair. After moving to Woodburn, Oregon at age 20 to take care of his very ill mother, Larry found a job working for McNary’s Pro, Mike Renshaw in 1976. Since that time Larry has been a fixture at McNary Golf Club. As he says, “My job here has been a life time of relationships with all of my family at McNary Golf Club. All of my education has come from great people working with me to develop my skills in the customer based industry.” Today, Bent spends much of his time in the golf shop, selling and ordering merchandise. He also helps market and run high quality tournaments.
Jordan Holladay, Assistant Golf Professional
Jordan joined McNary Golf Club in February, 2018. Jordan is an Associate PGA Professional and a certified Golf Club Operations professional. Jordan provides golf instruction for all ability levels. He conducts the all golf tournaments at McNary Golf Club with tournament management software and scoring. Jordan, who hails from McMinnville, currently resides in Keizer with fiancé Rebekah, their 2 year old daughter Elizabeth. Jordan is an accomplished golfer, introduced to the game by his dad around age 12. He competed at Walla Walla Community College for two years. There he received instruction from Al Mundle, a Hall of Fame PGA instructor. If you have ever met Jordan you already know him a pleasure to talk with and a valued addition to our staff here at McNary. We hope to keep him for as long as possible.